Author: Lisa Hughes
Reshaping Our Thinking in Disappointments, Trials, and Delays
There’s nothing wrong with expectations in and of themselves. And it’s easy to see, when digging around in the soil of our hearts, that we have all kinds of thoughts and plans for our lives. All well and good. Expectations aren’t the problem. But when we come face to face with thwarted plans, dismantled hopes, and unanswered prayers, what then? Will we respond with gentle faith and trusting submission to God’s unfolding plans for our lives? Or will bitterness, anger, self-pity, fear, or depression emerge from the miry clay of unbelief?
Plain and simple, life doesn’t always turn out the way we imagined. Yet, we can respond in God-glorifying ways even when circumstances fall short of our desired hopes and expectations. With practical, biblical counsel from the Scriptures, we have the tools we need to put away sinful responses and be women who smile at the future (Proverbs 31:25). In reshaping how we think about disappointments, trials, and delays, we can grow in contentment, trust, and hope in the unexpected parts of life.
In each chapter we’ll look to the Scriptures for the life-transforming help only God can give. This book is designed to be an aid to growth, which is why inductive Bible study questions accompany each chapter, providing even more treasures from God’s Word for hope and encouragement.
About the author:
Lisa Hughes and her husband, Jack, have been married since 1984 and have three grown children. As a pastor’s wife for more than thirty years, Lisa has honed her gifts as a Bible study writer and teacher to better serve women in her church and those the Lord brings her way. Her great joy is to teach women how to study God’s Word accurately so they can apply it to their lives for true heart change. Lisa is also the author of God’s Priorities for Today’s Woman: Discovering His Plan for You, while her website, www.scripturepaths.com, houses her blog and inductive Bible studies series.
With biblical accuracy and practical application, Lisa Hughes helps women expose the desires and expectations of their hearts and deal with them in a way that pleases God. For those desiring to change, this book will be life changing! ~Beth Mack de Swardt: Pastor’s wife and biblical counselor
Reading Lisa’s book is like sitting down with your best friend and sharing your heart, your disappointments, your hurts and reactions when your expectations aren’t met. As you sit down with Lisa, you’ll find she understands and offers you help from the Scripture, so that you come away encouraged andknowing how to deal Biblically with your unmet expectations in a way that will bring glory to God. ~Carol Mack: Bible teacher and co-author of Sweethearts for a Lifetime: Making the Most of Your Marriage with her husband, Dr. Wayne Mack
Lisa has broached a subject that few authors have tackled: how to deal with our hearts when disappointments come and often linger. She boldly encourages the believer that it is possible to be content, even when life is different than we expected. Read this book with the expectation to be challenged and find great help in your walk with Christ. ~Janie Street: Co-author of The Biblical Counseling Guide for Women with her husband, Dr. John Street